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Traveling with Prozdor

  Back From Israel! In late February, a group of Prozdor students spent 10 unforgettable days in Israel. We started the trip by celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem. We took a late night walk to the Western Wall, explored different neighborhoods of the city, and caught a glimpse of the vibrant nightlife on Ben Yehuda Street. From there, we traveled up to Haifa for a week-long exchange with The Hebrew Reali… Read Article →

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A Wintry Mix

Last Friday, after an overnight flight from Philadelphia, we arrived to an overcast sky in Tel Aviv and by the time we reached the Jerusalem hills the skies had darkened, the rain fell, and the windows were fogged up from the heat trapped inside the bus. For those that had never been to Israel before, it probably felt surreal- a long transatlantic flight, a dark and rainy drive to a… Read Article →

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Genetics, Israeli Dance, and Parent Learning: Another Prozdor Sunday

Jewish Genes Renowned geneticist and pathologist Dr. Harry Ostrer stopped by Prozdor on Sunday to present on the origins and genetic linkages between Jews and their neighbors. He visited our class, “A Chosen People,” which explores the origins of “chosen-ness,” the consequences of that perception, and a look at what modern science can tell us about the subject. Dr. Ostrer, author of Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People and… Read Article →

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Ballroom Dancing and Bat Mitzvah Blackout: A Conversation with Ilana Pavlotsky

Ilana Pavlotsky is a junior at Needham High School and recently returned from traveling to Ukraine on Havayah, a fellowship run by Prozdor for teens from Boston, Haifa, and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to run 10 days of programming for Jewish elementary school students there. Ilana, who comes from a Ukrainian family herself, is a passionate ballroom dancer and active at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton. Before she left, we spoke with her… Read Article →

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Apologies for the Delay

Hello loyal followers, I apologize for our radio silence. The past two days have been quite a whirlwind, and I am just now finding a few moments to sit down and detail what we’ve been doing. Next blogpost up you will get a participant perspective. The Travel Well, after seven hours at Logan, we got out of Boston. While I don’t fully understand why we needed to wait, the pilot… Read Article →

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Tales From Israel: The Intersection of Faith and Future

For the fourth year in a row I spent a sleepless Shabbat in Jerusalem. It’s not necessarily Jerusalem’s fault that I’m up until 3 in the morning every time I’m there. Given the timing of Prozdor’s vacations and flights, inevitably we arrive late on a Wednesday or Thursday, eat dinner, and then stumble off to bed sometime after 10:00 with our body clocks in full misalignment. And while on most… Read Article →

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The Write Stuff

By this point in my life, I’m certainly old enough to realize what I’m good at. I’ve also reached the point that I recognize what needs a lot of work. Case in point: writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love to write. I enjoy blogging, I’ve been keeping a daily journal for 25 years and I even like editing other people’s writing. But really, I’m a charlatan. I never took… Read Article →

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A Family Affair: Four Perspectives on Prozdor From The Krieger/Musinsky Family

David Krieger and Susan Musinsky are the parents of Rebecca and Eli Krieger. Rebecca, a senior at Watertown High School and a Bronfman Fellow, has been involved with Prozdor for five years and is currently a participant in the 12th grade Moreshet program. Her brother, Eli, is in 9th grade at Watertown High School and entering his second year at Prozdor. David, a doctor, and Susan, the head of a… Read Article →

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EGOT* Bound: A conversation with Prozdor student Ariel Bavly

Ariel Bavly, a Prozdor 9th grader and student at Newton South High School, has a remarkable array of talents in the performing arts. In addition to her studies, Ariel is establishing herself as a songwriter, actress and dancer. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with many eminent artists (including her father). We are excited to have Ariel at Prozdor, where she is expanding her creative and Jewish passions. Ariel… Read Article →

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Everyone Will Lead

I was out on my regular afternoon run a few days ago, when a 45-mile-per-hour wind suddenly picked up on the leading edge of a cold front. The sky went from sunny to ominous, the breeze, from light to gusty, and before I knew it I was running stretches on the track into an intense headwind. Soon, the rain came — and when it rained, it poured. Change happens fast…. Read Article →